After 14 months of uncertainty in the junior hockey world, the City of Estevan and the Estevan Bruins finally heard the good news they’ve been waiting to hear.
Hockey Canada has re-affirmed it’s host communities for their three ‘Season of Champions’ marquee events for 2022, including the Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Horton’s being hosted in Estevan, Saskatchewan!
The Season of Champions is coming back! 🏆
The #EssoCup (Prince Albert, Sask.), #TELUSCup (Cape Breton, N.S.) and #CentennialCup, presented by Tim Hortons (Estevan, Sask.), will return to the ice in the spring of 2022.
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— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) May 18, 2021
Since COVID initially cancelled the remainder of the season in March 2020, no championships have been played across Canada including the at the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) level. The 2020 Centennial Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and the 2021 Centennial Cup in Penticton, B.C. have both been subsequently cancelled, so until this announcement there was uncertainty as to whether the 2022 event scheduled for Estevan would still take place.
Now the Organizing Host Committee can begin working on getting everything in place with just over a year until the Centennial Cup is scheduled to begin, with the tournament scheduled to run between May 20th – 29th, 2022 in Estevan.
More details will be released in the coming weeks and months in regards to tickets, sponsorships, events, and volunteer sign-up.
Historically, Hockey Canada’s national championships generate up to $2 million in local economic impact, while the net proceeds from all ticket sales remain in the host communities as a legacy to support programs that foster the growth of grassroots hockey.